Woburn, Massachusetts (PRESS RELEASE – October 12, 2009) — A recent poll by LogMeIn, Inc. found that the majority of small and medium businesses don’t have a business continuity plan in place for the possibility of a flu outbreak or other events that could prevent employees’ from getting to the office.
In September, LogMeIn polled 400 U.S.-based business professionals on
LinkedIn who own or work for companies with 10-5,000 employees to ask: “Does your company have a business continuity plan in place for a possible flu outbreak?” Although larger companies are more likely to have a continuity plan in place, 59 percent of small and medium business workers polled said no plans yet existed at their companies. A full report on the poll findings is available at http://BusinessContinuity.LogMeIn.com.
“We’re particularly concerned about the impact of the flu this season given the recent cases of H1N1 reported on college campuses,” said Richard Crim, IT services manager at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia. “LogMeIn has given us a very cost effective remote access solution should our staff need to work from home, and actually allows us to be more proactive in our response to a potential outbreak.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year in the U.S., on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications. With the spread of the H1N1 flu virus, it is predicted those numbers will increase significantly starting this fall.
“With all the news and publicity around the flu this year, business managers are starting to think about the impact it could have on their employees, as well as on their business. It doesn’t take a pandemic to disrupt your business, and everything from winter storms to major road works can cause lost work days and lower individual productivity,” said Andrew Burton, vice president of consumer and SMB products at LogMeIn. “Being prepared and having a plan in place can make a big difference.”
“What swine flu has done is reminded us all of the necessity to plan for
threat scenarios that affect people more than they do data centers and other physical corporate facilities,” wrote Stephanie Balaouras, principal analyst with Forrester Research in an April 2009 blog post titled Swine Flu? What It Means For IT Professionals. “In these scenarios, your workforce recovery strategy must rely on remote access solutions or virtual workforce solutions.”
Individuals interested in learning about how they can prepare their business — including how secure remote access can be set up in minutes without IT expertise at low to zero cost — can visit LogMeIn’s business continuity resource page. The page features tips for a healthy office, best practices for workforce continuity, and an exclusive Podcast Q&A with Forrester Principle Analyst and business continuity expert Stephanie Balaouras. These resources are available at http://BusinessContinuity.LogMeIn.com.
About LogMeIn, Inc.
LogMeIn (Nasdaq:LOGM) makes it easy to connect and access remote computing devices — desktops, laptops, point-of-sale systems, medical devices, smartphones and more — from any internet-connected computer, including an iPhone or the in-dash computer of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck. Over 25 million registered users have connected more than 70 million devices using LogMeIn for business productivity, personal mobility and IT support. LogMeIn
is based in Woburn, Massachusetts, USA, with offices in Australia, Hungary and the Netherlands, and on the web at www.LogMeIn.com.